Head, Consumer Policy Department and Monitoring Unit, Consumer Affairs Bureau of NCC, Mr Banji Ojo addressing the participants during the sensitisation exercise. Photo: Murtala Muhammad

By Murtala Muhammad

Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) urge Nigerians to shun any text message requesting them to release any information or figures on their Automated Teller Machine, ATM Cards, bank Accounts or Pin to avoid falling victims of Electronic Fraud.

The Director, Consumer Affairs of the NCC, Alhaji Umar Alkasim sounded the warning at a one-day Sensitisation in Bauchi metropolis to protect consumers from financial fraud on telecom platforms.

The sensitisation which held at the Multi Purpose Indoor Sports Hall with the theme “Shine Your Eyes No Fall Mugu” was organized by the NCC in collaboration with Aisha Akwaku & Associates drew over four hundred participants from Bauchi local government area.

Alhaji Alkasim, represented by the Head, Consumer Policy Department and Monitoring Unit, Consumer Affairs Bureau of NCC, Mr Banji Ojo said the essence was to continue the Commission’s Consumer-centric initiative of dishing out adequate information to the people, for them to protect themselves.

Cross section of participants during the sensitisation exercise in Bauchi metropolis. Photo: Murtala Muhammad

He noted that E-Fraud was rampant in the country, saying the public need to be abreast with the tactics being used by fraudsters, for them to know how to avert them.

Also speaking, the Bauchi State Commissioner of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises, Muhammad Hamisu Shira said the sensitisation was apt in view of the increasing number of fraud activities being perpetrated by some unpatriotic people.

Muhammad Shira, represented by the ministry’s Director of Cooperatives Usman Adamu called on the NCC to replicate the sensitisation campaign to other senatorial districts in the state for wider coverage.

Some of the participants who expressed concern over the activities of fraudsters, called on security agencies to use all available means to go after them with a view to safeguarding Nigerians from being cheated.

The meeting witnessed representation from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) among others.

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